With our reputation for innovation in textile printing stretching back nearly 100 year, Standfast & Barracks has always known the driving force of its success long term has been the discovery and nurturing of people and in raw talent.

Work Placements

We offer a range of exciting work placements for school and college students, primarily within our design department.

Working with our design manager, students gain work experience tailored to their individual requirements and desired outcomes. Be it a one-week placement or a six-month internship, we welcome young creatives to our team!
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Standfast & Barracks is proud to work alongside universities nationwide, offering factory tours and work placements.

We host live creative projects, setting our textile students a task, which our in-house designers judge on completion.

In the past, winners have seen their designs printed on cloth, which they have gone on to show in their final exhibitions and at New Designers.

We’ve also showcased winning designs at prestigious tradeshows in Italy, London and Germany, creating a very special kind of buzz for both our students and us!


We offer one year long graduate design placements, giving textile design graduates the opportunity to develop the skills they have learnt on their course and apply to a real-life working environment. This gives them the opportunity to develop their portfolio and learn from our experienced team.

Chloe Nalwoga – Design Graduate Intern “While working in the design studio, I have enjoyed drawing and designing collections for customers. I have found learning about the colouration process very interesting and have gained valuable experience using Best Image and Photoshop to create colourways.”


We currently run apprenticeships in design, colouration, separation and engineering. Students gain their qualification with Blackburn College who join us on site and work one to one with each apprentice Engineering apprenticeships are done through BAE. Students are given a variety of projects to complete to demonstrate their skills and learning and help them prepare for a career in their chosen path.

Art Partnerships

We’re proud of our amazing heritage at Standfast & Barracks, and recently collaborated with Mirador arts charity to curate our “Behind the Wall” exhibition. This fascinating public art project was a celebration of our history and the lives of the employees past and present who have shared our story.

The exhibition included works from several world-renowned artists and was officially unveiled at Lancaster Museum in March 2018.



Factory Tours

As part of our Heritage Open Days programme, Standfast & Barracks occasionally throws opens its factory doors to the public and selected groups.

It’s a chance to delve deeper into our rich history and take a tour round our Grade II listed factory. Attendees are invited to watch our skilled printing operatives in action, providing a fascinating insight into both traditional and hi-tech printing methods.

Factory tours for other groups may be available on request. For enquiries please contact us.


“We’re incredibly proud of our business, which continues to grow from strength to strength. Our unique heritage and investments in the world’s most advanced printing equipment and facilities have been crucial in our success – but by far our most powerful attribute is our people.”

“We’re always looking for hardworking, talented, ambitious and motivated people to come and join us, and we’re lucky to attract and retain exceptionally talented people.”

“Our culture nurtures and celebrates talent in all its forms, and it’s this approach which leads the business forward, onwards and upwards.”

Standfast & Barracks MD, Stephen Thomas

Contact Details

Standfast & Barracks
Caton Road,
Lancaster, LA1 3PA

Monday-Friday: 9:30am-5:00pm

Tel: +44 (0)1524 840500
E-mail: enquiries@standfast-barracks.com
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